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Old 04-09-2015, 06:20 PM   #1
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Engine Room Paint

I am in the process of a major refit on the Amazing Grace, a 1983 '49 Grand Banks Heritage Classic with 120 Lehmans. The engines are out and being reworked and it seems a perfect time to repaint the engine room. It isn't pretty down there and I am working to make it pristine.

Are there suggestions for the types of paints that will hold up better in that environment and be bright and cleanable?
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:48 PM   #2
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Don't want to sound cheap but I have had great luck with plain old rustoleum gloss white from hd. Four years and counting and easy to touch up.


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I tend to agree Rust-Oleum Marine Topside Paint is designed to provide a durable, weather resistant finish on fiberglass, wood and metal boat surfaces.
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If you want it pristine, bright, easy to clean and long lasting, nothing beats two part polys.

What ever you use, make sure you do a very thorough prep job. Nothing is worse than having paint that starts pealing off messing up your bilge and bilge pumps.
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My entire engine room is painted with Interlux Interprotect 2000 paint (gray).
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If it is bad in your bilges, rent a hot water pressure washer to steam clean all the paintable areas. It saved me a week worth of effort. You end up using a lot less water then you think. You just need to run a quick once over with a degrease like castrol Super clean and then you are good to paint. Wear a carbon filter non rebreather mask when you paint with fans on the fumes can be epic in your engine compartment. Just some thought for you.
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While I agree with Capt. Bill that two part polys would be great, I'd want a remotely supplied air source to breath while applying it in such an enclosed space.

A really good second choice would be Interlux Bilge Coat. It's designed for use in engine room conditions.
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I'd want a remotely supplied air source to breath while applying it in such an enclosed space.
Me too.
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Old 04-10-2015, 06:42 AM   #9
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The Rustoleum is fine , but it much prefers to be over a marine primer.

Marine paint co make bilge paint , which is flatter and highly scrubbable.

Bilge Paint - JamestownDistributors.com‎

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Ditto with the Interlux Interprotect 2000 paint (gray). Works great and holds up well.
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I primed my engine room with a 2 part epoxy primer then used a 2 part epoxy top coat over that. It's super durable and brite as I went white.
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While I agree with Capt. Bill that two part polys would be great, I'd want a remotely supplied air source to breath while applying it in such an enclosed space.

A really good second choice would be Interlux Bilge Coat. It's designed for use in engine room conditions.
I was very pleased with the Interlux Bilge Coat for the forward bilge where it's dry 99% of the time. Bright white...easy to apply right out of the can. For the lower bilge in the engine room (where water does occasionally accumulate) I used 2 part epoxy. Bilge Coat for other areas in the engine room.
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My vote after the steam cleaning is white bilge paint.
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Interlux Bilge Coat. Bright white. I have 2 coats sanded in between with great results.
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I used Interlux bilge paint as well. No wear and cleans up fine. But in grey as I am ex-Navy, I guess. Never even thought about using white.
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Engine Room Paint - Heat issues?

The two concerns I'm having are 1. Heat and pealing of the paint due to the heat in the engine room (and the oils and fluids as well) and 2. Ability to stay adhered with oil and all of the nasty stuff in the engine room. I'm ex Navy too - Submarines - nothing wrong with Gray!

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Also consider gel coat or a pigmented epoxy.
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This is what Interlux says about Bilgekote.


Bilgekote® is a fast drying, durable coating formulated for application to bilge and bulkhead areas. Helps prevent absorption of oil, gasoline or sludge into wood and
fiberglass.
* Chemical resistance to fumes, fuel and oil
* High opacity for excellent covering power
* Cleans easily for reduced maintenance
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I think the comments on the bilge paint , interlux product are right on. As one post mentioned, it is all in the preparation. be sure to Scuff up the base with sand paper before the first coat and be sure to use something to remove any oil or film first and then a light sanding between coats. It will produce an eggshell type coating that is slick, glossy and resists oil, water and wears well. I have had no problems with the heat in my engine room causing any failure of the paint. I painted the floor boards covering the bilge in my engine room and they take a lot of abuse and still look good after several years.
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Hi All. I will be doing a re-power on my boat this Spring. We will be cutting a big chunk of the Salon floor out to swap the engines. After that, I will spend a good deal of time on ER cleaning, painting, sound proofing and upgrading before the new engine is dropped in. After reading this thread, I started to check out the different paints everyone was using for the bilge and ER. I didn't see that anyone had used the Rustoleum 5300 Water Based Epoxy System and thought I would throw that one out there.

This is a two part system, 1 gallon of base and a pint of activator, that is fairly low VOC and can be applied over a slightly damp surface (mine will be dry). They claim it will stick to nearly everything including ferrous and non-ferrous metals and can be force cured up to 225 degrees. I don't plan on getting the ER that hot, but I can get well above 100 to get it set. It can be thinned with water and cleanup is with water. Here's the Technical Data sheet:

http://www.rustoleum.com/tds/5300%20...52_2027990.pdf

Tell me what you think. Price isn't real bad. Gallon of paint and pint of activator is $75 on eBay/Zoro with free shipping.

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